Advanced English Program

Revised 06/13/19

Marston Middle School English Language Arts Programs:

A Guide for Parents and Students

Marston is excited to offer two options in English Language Arts (ELA) in grades 6, 7 and 8 .EnglishandAdvanced English. Both programs offer rigorous, standards-based curriculum that prepares students for college. TheAdvanced Englishcourse is an option for students who have a passion for literature and can advance through complex material more rapidly.

BothEnglishandAdvanced Englishhave the following attributes:

● Follow a rigorous curriculum.

● Require students to work toward mastery of the California Common Core State Standards.

● Prepare students for high school English.

● Develop critical thinking skills.

● Use the same textbook and interact with a variety of complex expository/informative, argumentative/persuasive, and narrative texts at or above grade level.

● Require students to write argumentative essays, informative texts, narrative texts, responses to literature, and summaries.

● Provide opportunities for students to improve listening and speaking skills through a multitude of oral language activities and through oral presentation.

● Utilize technology to help improve reading and writing skills.

Advanced Englishdiffers fromEnglishin the following ways:

● Faster speed and higher complexity of study

● Complete some tasks beyond current grade level standards and explore the skills addressed in the subsequent grade level standards.

● Students work more independently, with teacher support as needed.

● Because pacing is faster, students will read additional texts, some of which are done as homework.

● Writing is more sophisticated (stronger vocabulary, more complex and varied sentence structure, greater depth of thought and analysis) and more extensively researched.

● Assigned readings may be at a higher level of difficulty.

Qualified students will be preliminarily placed inAdvanced English. Before accepting placement inAdvanced English, please consider the following:

● Due to scheduling restrictions, movement betweenEnglishandAdvanced Englishmay not be possible after the school year has begun.

● Students are expected to meet placement criteria on an annual basis

● The ultimate goal is that each child is challenged and encouraged to develop or maintain a passion for learning

Students meeting all criteria below will be preliminarily placed into theAdvanced Englishprogram. Parents will be notified about the placement inAdvanced English. Parents who do not want their child in theAdvanced Englishprogram should contact the Counseling Office immediately after receiving notification. All families are permitted to request placement in theAdvanced Englishprogram by contacting the Counseling Department. Students meeting only some of the criteria will be evaluated on a case by case basis; priority will be given to students who are closest to meeting all of the criteria. In some cases, a teacher recommendation may be requested.

6th Grade Criteria

  • Exceeds Standards on 5th Grade ELA SBAC
  • Mostly 4s in Literacy Standards on 5th Grade Report Card

NOTE: Marston may also consider 4th Grade ELA SBAC, reading level and teacher/principal recommendation as needed.

7th Grade Criteria

  • Exceeds Standards on 6th grade ELA SBAC
  • Semester Letter Grades of A or B in 6th Grade ELA

NOTE: Marston may also consider reading level and teacher recommendation as needed.

8th Grade Criteria

  • Exceeds Standards on 7th grade ELA SBAC
  • Semester Letter Grades of A or B in 7th Grade ELA

NOTE: Marston may also consider reading level and teacher recommendation as needed.

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